Sir Hans Sloane The origin of the British Museum lies with the collection and will of Irish physician and collector, Sir Hans Sloane. Sloane was a longtime member of the Royal Society who served as its president for thirteen years between 1727 and 1741. Although Hans Sloane was an accomplished physician and the founder of London’s Foundling Hospital, he was also an avid collector of curious objects. His main collection consisted of objects from the earth’s natural history, but he also possessed an extensive library, among other collections. It is estimated that his entire collection was comprised of over 71,000...

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